Beginner-Fishing the river

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Beginner-Fishing the river

Anyone have any tips? First timer out here. Probably spend most of my time in the area of the rifle range landing.

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Just take your time when navigating, it's best to go upstream to learn a spot that way if you get on a sandbar the current will help push you off. Get a good gps and be sure to save your trails and mark deadheads.

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Do you have any tips now for beginners?

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I am a beginner in fishing too, so we have the same thought. A helpful tips on Do's and Don't on fishing is really helps a lot.

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Fishing in a moving body of water is a little different than a lake, but also has a some similarities. In a moving body of water the fish like to take advantage of the current bringing food to them (much like lake fish grabbing food that waves bring to them) and they like to get out of the full current. in the river where there is current there may not be much of a thermocline, so fishing deep for cooler water is less of an issue...but they might be deep to escape the bright light of day. Walleyes in the river seem to like vertical walls parallel to the current, deeper dropoffs downstream of shallower water, or in pools/structure slightly out of the current where they can catch the food going by. Food still likes warmer water, so try where they can capitalize on all of the above. I catch most of my fish on the river in 5-10' feet of water...either trying to drift the food by them in a natural presentation (match the speed of the water), by trolling stuff past them while going upstream (and sometimes downstream), or by casting raps or jigs  to areas where the fish might hold...